As representatives of the host nation, the Spanish Tunnels and Underground Works Association’s Vice President, Miguel Fernandez- Bollo, will be offering an overview and insight into the latest tunnelling developments across the country and the role which AETOS plays in promoting research activities in Spain.
• Outlining the role of the ERA in shaping the latest specifications and the implication of these for the underground construction industry• Revealing the extent to which specifications have developed over the years and identifying the latest regulatory trends • Identifying how specifications in Europe compare to global developments and assessing market leaders
• Uncovering the unique characteristics associated with groundwater catchment features in Southwest China and how lessons can be transferred across other projects in the region• Understanding the relationship between climatic characteristics, formation lithology, geological structure , topography and geomorphology • Revealing future investment opportunities in the region and innovations in the design and construction of tunnels in areas at risk from natural disasters
• Highlighting cutting edge trenchless pipelaying and microtunnelling for new pipeline construction• Evaluating the extent of growth in trenchless technology usage in both the construction and civil engineering industry and outlining potential developments in this space • Outlining the role of the UKSTT in promoting new technologies and unveiling cutting edge trenchless technologies • Uncovering the challenges presented in soft trenchless techniques: ensuring that matters relating to capital, insurance, contracts, materials, and method selection to not stand in the way of the commencement of a particular project • Assessing the chemicals available for cleaning, relining, grouting and repairing water, sewer and cable networks
Roundtable 1 Uncovering the latest investment opportunities in underground construction and challenges faced on a global scaleModerator: Fernando Portugués Salgado, Director del Departamento de Instalaciones, GEOCONTROL Roundtable 2 Assessing the state of training and competency standards in underground construction across different regions and future revisions Roundtable 3 The Geotechnical Baseline Report (GBR): an effective tool for risk management or something to beat the contractor over the head with? Moderator: Michael Francis, Project Director, Mott MacDonald Ltd
• Revealing how to effectively negotiate complex safety considerations in unique circumstances• Lessons learned in Tunnel security in Europe and its possible application in LATAM • Pinpointing the extent of discrepancies in safety standards and how standards have developed over time
• Successfully reducing road digging costs that involve traffic, road restoration difficulties and safety hazards• Overcoming the initial cost challenges associated with MUTs • How to effectively work with authorities and the importance of successfully co-ordinating with them to ensure that a MUT project is delivered on time and in budget • Uncovering the latest monitoring and control methods for Multi- System Utility Tunnels